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Nurses union files complaint against CMC Hospital


December 2009 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton edition of The Union News

Nurses union files complaint against CMC Hospital


REGION, November 14th- The union that represents nurses at the Community Medical Center (CMC) in Scranton filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Region Four in Philadelphia alleging the hospital violated the National Labor Relations Act (NLRAct).

The newspaper has learned the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals (PASNAP) Union, Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, filed a Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) charge against the CMC on October 28th, 2009 alleging the employer violated Section 8 (a), subsections (1) and (3) of the NLRAct. The complaint was filed by April Smith, Director of Organizing of PASNAP.

PASNAP is affiliated with the California Nurses Association (CNA) and represents nurses at the Community Medical Center (CMC) on Mulberry Street in Scranton and the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital on North River Street in Wilkes-Barre, which are currently working under the terms and conditions of the previous contract while negotiations continue for a successor pact. The previous agreement expired on August 30th and the union represents approximately 450 nurses at the medical center.

Of the three medical centers in Scranton, Moses Taylor Hospital is the only one that does not have any unionized employees. The Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Healthcare Pennsylvania, formerly called SEIU 1199P, represents workers including nurses at the Mercy Hospital on Jefferson Avenue.

According to information provided on the ULP, the union alleges on or about August 26th, 2009, the employer, by its officers, agents, and representatives terminated Elizabeth Webber because of her activities on behalf of the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals, and because she engaged in concerned activities with other employees of the CMC for the purposes of mutual aid and protection, and in order to discourage membership in the union.

The complaint also alleges on or about late July and early August of 2009, the employer violated the NLRAct by interrogating employee Bob Bonczek about his union activity.

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